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country that is democratic and american, where justice is reachable and close to reality because of what we, all of us, do tomorrow. and, boy, that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "the ed show" starts right now. good evening, americans. welcome to "the ed show" from new york. with less than four hours to election day, this thing is going down to the wire. this is "the ed show." let's get to work. >> if you're having problems, i've got 99 problems but mitt ain't one. >> trying to slam the door shut in ohio. but the lines are long and the fight isn't over. >> that's not a bad way to bring it home. >> tonight ohio state senator nina turner and former governor charlie crist. the gender gap is widening for republicans.
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terri o'neill and joan walsh on the war on women. plus the all-star panel of howard fineman, richard wolffe and eugene robinson on the final hours of the campaign. and miemy final thoughts on why the future of the middle class is at stake. >> the future never has lobbyists, but the dreams of those children will be our sa saving grace. that's why i need you, ohio. good to have you with us tonight. thanks for watching. after years of campaigning and billions of dollars spent, it all comes down to this. who wants it more? president obama kicked off a three-state barn storm on the eve of the election in madison, wisconsin. he brought along bruce springsteen to rally the crowd and keep the badger state blue. then it was off to columbus, ohio, where the president was joined by rapper jay-z. >> i told jay-z the other day, our lives are parallel a little
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bit. nobody, i think, would expect us to be where we are today when they had met us as younger men. both of us now have daughters. both of us have wives who are more popular than we are. >> president obama was having fun on the last day of the campaign. bruce springsteen drove home the point of tomorrow oes hope. >> the american dream, the american reality. our vote tomorrow is the one undenial way we get to determine the distance in that equation. >> president obama delivered his closing message to ohio. the state he's visited more times than any other in 2012. >> we've made real progress, ohio, but the reason why we're here is because we have more work to do. our work is not yet done. as long as there is a single american who wants a job and
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can't find one, our work is not yet done. as long as there are families anywhere in ohio, anywhere in the country working harder but falling behind, we're not finished. as long as there's a child anywhere in this country who's languishing in poverty and barred from opportunity, our fight goes on. our fight goes on, ohio. >> mitt romney held a pair of rallies in the state of virginia. he tried to down play obama's celebrity endorsers. >> i'm looking around to see if we have the beatles here or something. it looks like you came just for the campaign and i appreciate it. >> romney's campaign has only one more trick up its sleeve. romney and those close to him just keep saying that they are winning despite all that the polls are saying. >> that's the momentum we have been feeling, it's not just in
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virginia. it's all across this country. and that's what leads me to believe that i am standing next to the next president of the united states. >> the truth is momentum hasn't been on romney's side for weeks. until a few days ago romney held a narrow lead in the national polling average. now president obama has taken a slim lead. in the so-called tossup states where the election will be decided, president obama leads in five of them. only holds on an average lead in florida. this is why mitt romney will not give up on campaigning until the bitter end. he's back on the stump tomorrow. in a last-ditch effort to pull off a shocker in these two states. it's not surprising. there are efforts underway to make it harder for people to vote. you're seeing the result of
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manmade voter suppression. lines for early voting stretched around corners in ohio. make no mistake, this is a calculated decision to limit access to polls. ohio secretary of state john husted has been the focal point of a lot of criticism. he approved the restriction on early voting around the state. the same is happening in florida. voters waited as late as 2:30 a.m. to cast a ballot this weekend. voters reported wait times of up to, i cannot believe this number, seven hours. more people voting in democratic-leaning areas is bad for the gop. republican governor rick scott reduced number of early voting days and was able to defeat a court challenge to uphold his ruling in most of the state of florida. republicans, they want it it it this way. they want to make it as hard as
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they can and very complicated with ballots like this one in florida. they are openly deceitful, giving voters the wrong date for the election in robocalls and mailings. they target minor tir voters and the elderly with voter i.d. laws. one predicted the laws would win pennsylvania for mitt romney. the lines in ohio and florida are the culmination of republican voter suppression effort. in the effort of -- but in spite of all of their efforts, people are still in line. in ohio 537,000 early votes have been cast in person. 35% of the state has already voted. president obama leads among early voters 62% to 36%. romney leads 52% to 42% on those who will vote tomorrow. that's why early voting is so crucial. the first lady had a message for all of those waiting in line.
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>> once you're in that line, don't get out. the waits could be long. we need you to wait it out. >> president obama was forceful about ohio voters maintaining their resolve. >> if you're willing to work with me again, knock on some doors with me and make some phone calls and turn out, we will win ohio. we'll win this election. we'll finish what we started. >> president obama in recent days has played with a lot of heart, passion and desire. he's been very focused. the heart and soul of this election can be found in those long lines. are you willing to have your schedule disrupted to go stand in line for six or seven hours? the question tonight for americans in those crucial states is how bad do you want it? you know what the republicans have been up to. they want you to leave or drive
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by or go home. i know you picked the kids up at 3:15 from school and soccer practice at 4:30. yao going to give yourself time in traffic. or in florida. so this comes down to you. an american citizen who has had some road blocks in front of you. but the democrats have to have you stand in line. president obama has to have you stand in line if this country is going to move forward. it's a badge of honor that you spent five hours in line to make the correct decision tomorrow. tomorrow. tomorrow, it's all on the line. get your cell phones out. i want to know what you think. tonight's e question, who will win the 2012 presidential election? text a for president obama and b for mitt romney, the challenger. 622639. or go to our blog and leave a comment. we'll bring the result later on
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in the show. i'm joined tonight by senator nina turner. charlie crist joins us by phone. great to have you with us. you've been in the thick of this in your respective states. nina, you first. are you feeling confident that everyone will be able to cast their votes tomorrow? is there going to be enough time available to do what you got to do? >> i am confident and despite the efforts of republicans. they understand this is all or nothing. we're going blue. that momentum that the ream campaign thinks they are filling, it's nothing but the force of the door closing behind them because they are going to lose ohio. he ought not even come to ohio tomorrow because we're going to be with the president. >> do you think people in ohio
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are mentally prepared for what they went through in 2004? is the resolve for people to stand in line for hours? >> i saw it yesterday, ed. it was there. absolutely. people coming from church, white brothers and sisters, black brothers and sisters standing in line side by side. they understand the only race that matters is the human race. who has the best interest in the human race here in the united states of america is president obama. they know they stand on the shoulders of our fore parents and people like fannie lou haimer who was jailed and beaten because she wanted the right to vote. people were there. our resolve is strong in ohio. we understand that it is all or nothing. we are going blue in the state of ohio. >> governor crist down in florida, e great to have you with us tonight. what's going on in palm beach county? why is this happening, governor? >> the problem in florida is
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that they have really constricted the amount of time people can early vote. it's a real shame that that's the case. last cycle four years ago, we had 14 days of early voting in the sunshine state. that's been reduced to eight days of early voting without any good explanation frankly. and it's unconsciousable that people in policy-making positions want to reduce the amount of democracy we exercise rather than encourage the amount that we get to exercise in our state. and why there wouldn't be an expansion of the voting hours for early voting prior to today is inexplicable to me. i don't understand the people would not respect that so many have fought and died for the precious right for us to e vote that they contracted rather than expanded and encouraged it.
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i think we'll be fine in florida. people are frustrated. it infur rates them that they are trying to be suppressed in this way and i think as a result, you'll see a backlash in florida. people will stay in the lines. as the senator said in her state, they will do that in florida if they have to because they understand how important this election is. how important it is to reelect president obama and he does care about women's issues and cares about health care and all the things are really important to my fellow floridians. this president stands for that and they will wait in line as long as they have to. they will get it done tomorrow. >> those are very confident words coming from charlie crist. it's music to the ears of a lot of americans that know exactly how their state is going to go. they are watching ohio and florida to watch how the swing states are going to go. are there enough to make sure that their votes are going to be counted? >> you can always have more.
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when i first got elected governor, we passed a paper trail so you would be able to count the votes in the event there was a problem after the election. as we all know, this is going to be close. it's going to be tight in florida. i think the president is going to win, but it's going to be close. >> you think the president will win florida? >> i do. i was at an event in hollywood, florida, and there were 25,000 people that turned out to that event. i mean, we didn't have bruce springsteen as the lead. it was all for president obama. and it was extraordinary. the energy and the enthusiasm that we're seeing throughout the sunshine state is wonderful for the president. it's because he's been here for the oil spill and helped during that disaster. he's been there for our police officers and firefighters, that
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are so critical to the well-being of citizens. president obama has had our back. tomorrow it's our time to have his and i believe we will. >> the secretary of state husted said people are trying to cause a panic. >> there are a lot of folks trying to introduce chaos so they can have a cause for litigating post election in case it's close. >> my god, he caused the chaos. he's going to have to live with the fact that he appealed all the way to the supreme court to take away the last three days of early voting for all ohioans. that early on in this process, he only allowed republican counties to have early voting. to extend voting hours. we have less voting hours in 2012 than we did in 2008. he took away the four weeks of early voting prior to the last three days he tried to steal. thank god the supreme court rejected him. he is causing the chaos and
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confusion. we will not be removed. we have resolve and we're going to deliver for the president. >> ohio state senator nina turner and also with us former governor charlie crist from the state of florida. great to have you with us. remember to answer the question tonight. we always want to know what you think. coming up, the war on women. will republicans pay a price for it? terri o'neill is here and they will weigh in on that. you're watching "the ed show," on mbs invest. msnbc.
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coming up, what effect will the war on women have on tomorrow's election results? then a look at the electoral map. democratic pollster joins me to discuss what to look for as the results come in tomorrow night. and tomorrow americans have
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a choice of two paths for this country's future. my commentary on what the election could mean for the american middle class. share your thoughts on facebook and twitter using the #edshow. we're coming right back. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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♪ [ girl ] hey! [ both laugh ] ♪ welcome back. we have been reporting on it for over a year. a war on women. tomorrow republicans, i believe, will pay a price for it. the final poll from pew shows president obama ahead by three points. just a month ago the president was tied with mitt romney among
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likely female voters. now the president has a 13-point lead over his opponent. it's easy to see why. mitt romney has towed the party line on issues that matter to women. and these aren't just social issues. these are economic issues impacting women financially. mitt romney has vowed to get rid of planned parenthood. he's yet to stand on equal pay for equal work. he will repeal obama care that gives women greater access to health services at no additional cost. he embraces the ryan budget, which would gut the social safety net for millions of women and their families across this country. one virginia voter saying the gop's war on women helped her to decide to vote for president obama. she said i don't think i could vote republican no matter how much i liked mitt romney. the party seems so anti-woman they are trying to take birth control away.
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i can't go there. abortion should always be available to women who need it. so what we have reported on in the last year it all boils down to tomorrow. where will the women vote in this country? will they go with president obama or will they go with the radical agenda that will take us back decades. let's welcome in joan walsh. also with us tonight teri o'neill. great to have you with us. joan, you first. will the republicans pay a price for what they have done when it comes to women's issues and their stand over the last year? >> they will absolutely pay a price. one of the more interesting things, though, in the polls is really looking at the break down state by state. we think of women's issues sometimes people can think about them only in terms of contraception or choice. there are also, as you said, economic issues.
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he's going to really owe to to working class women in ohio. he's losing that group nationwide, but in ohio and wisconsin and iowa, he's winning working class white women. they are helping him keep that edge. he's doing a little better with white men nationwide, but the real gap is with women. so women understand this in terms of health and contraception and in terms of the things we heard about rape. but it's also a pocketbook issue. >> terry o'neill, congressman akin from missouri and mourdock who won in a tea party run off against a long-time senator, have these two gentlemen really helped the women's movement in a sense they have gotten so much publicity and controversy it gave a rebirth to the war on women in the campaign? >> i think they took the mask
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off of what's going on in the republican party. the radical right wing has seized the levers of control in the entire republican party. mitt romney is adamantly opposed to abortion without exceptions. this is a man who urged a woman whose life was threatened by pregnancy. this is where when i talk to women about this he said to her, why should you get off easy. other women have their babies. that was his attempt to stop a woman from having an abortion. that's the head of the ticket. the vice presidential candidate is already on record trying to convert medicare to a private voucher system. paul ryan crafted it. women are very much aware of that and know how much that hurts not only themselves, but it hurts their moms, their families. this is a thing where as you said, the war against women is a
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war on women's economic security as well as swwomen's access to health care. >> there's a calculator that tabulates birth control costs. i found this very interesting. if romney wins this election, an 18-year-old uninsured woman would pay just over $99,000 over the course of her child baring years for birth control. a 30-year-old uninsured woman on the pill would pay over $57,000. an insured 25-year-old would pay almost $13,000. why don't the republicans admit this is an economic issue for women? >> they have really gotten away as portraying this as a lifestyle issue that it's something that only pertains to affluent women that'ser merely a matter of freedom. but one of the things that's happened that's good for democrats and women is we have
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started to talk about this economic issue. we realize that it's not just the price of contraception, but when women have control over their fertility and decide when to start their families, they stay in the workforce longer, their families are stronger, they make more money and raise stronger kids. so i think we're learning to talk about this better. and i also think we're closing what's kind of been a racial and glass gap around these issues by making clear the ways in which these policies affect everyone and that poor women will be hurt the worst. >> what about the vice presidential candidate paul ryan? i mean, the budget that he has presented, i mean, the fact that mitt romney chose him to be a running mate took the scab off a budget that was very detrimental to women in this country. in a sense that did a women a favor to get the issues out. >> really, really rips the mask off of what's going on in the
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republican party. the romney/ryan budget drafted by paul ryan, it decimates medicaid. and half of medicaid dollars go to support nursing homes. vast majority of residents are women. and when the thousands of nursing homes shut down if romney and ryan get in there, where are the women going to go? and where are the women workers going to go. it's medicare and medicaid and a whole swath of social programs that also disproportionately serve women and employ women. so absolutely, this is a war on women. and that's why women are going to elect barack obama. >> tomorrow is the election. and women in this country make 77 cents on a dollar compared to men. not one time throughout this entire campaign has either one of the candidates, mitt romney
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or paul ryan, ever addressed that number and specifically said we've got to do something about that. i find that just amazing. joan walsh, terry o'neill, great to have you with us. next, find out exactly what to watch for when the election results start coming in tomorrow night. why mitt romney may have a math problem. and later, our mega power panel. howard fineman, richard wolffe, and eugene robinson join me. stay with us. we're right back. ♪
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thanks for staying us with. the romney campaign is promising supporters they will have a victory tomorrow night. butis road to victory is narrow. let's take a look at the state's romney needs to win to become president of the united states. joining me is pollster fred yang. good to have you with us tonight. what's the most likely scenario for both candidates tomorrow? >> the most likely scenario is that barack obama will be reelected president of the united states. i think all analysts and pundits from both parties are looking at eight or nine key battleground states. and i think in addition to looking at the national polls, the exit polls and the state polls, i think we should know by
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8:00 whether this is going to be a long night and a good night for president obama. i think we have virginia, ohio, and florida, three mega battleground states all that will have poll closing times by 8:00. >> what are the early indicators mitt romney has a shot at winning? >> well, i think he needs to win virginia. if we go through the night by time, virginia closes at 7:00. if the exit polls and the voter totals show mitt romney will win virginia, then he sort of stays in the game. then the big battleground state, a lot of pundits have said this is a state that will make or break the election is ohio. if mitt romney can't carry ohio, that's a very good sign for president obama. >> if president obama wins virginia, the state you're talking about, or ohio, can romney still win the election?
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>> he can. you know, politics is a very funny business, as you know. that's why we hold elections. he can still win, but the path for him gets very hard if he can't win virginia. as you said, ed, mitt romney can win the presidency. he's not likely to because the battleground states and the math there is so hard for him. >> so here we are looking at three states to watch tomorrow. ohio, virginia and florida. which counties are critical for president obama in the state of ohio? >> in the state of ohio, probably we'll be looking at hamilton county, which is a cincinnati suburb. barack obama was the first democrat to carry hamilton county since 1964. he doesn't need to win hamilton county by the margin he won in 2008.
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barack obama was the first democrat since '64 to carry hamilton county. if the president gets close to his margin in 2008, even if he carries hamilton narrowly, that will be a good sign for the president's prospects in ohio. >> what about virginia? what's the county to watch? >> i think the hot counties are probably -- everyone knows the inner d.c. suburbs, arlington. but it's the next ring of counties beyond those d.c. metro areas. loudoun and prince william. counties that barack obama won pretty much close to a statewide margin in 2008. if the president gets close to his 2008 margins in those counties, that's a good sign for the president winning virginia. >> and hillsborough county in the tampa area of florida, how
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pivotal is this and a good indicator for the state? >> funny enough, we're picking counties that comport to the statewide vote. hillsborough is in the tampa area. it's not quite a microcosm of florida. you're missing the hispanics from south florida. but the margin in hillsborough pretty much comports what the statewide vote. and look, in all purposes of the stlee states we have mentioned, florida is probably the toughest reach for the president. if he can do well in hillsborough, that means it will be a long night and a long night in florida is a good night for president obama. >> fred yang, great to have you with us. we obviously will be here covering all of it. it's going to be a heck of a thing. thanks so much. a lot more coming up in the next half hour. stay with us. if you're tired of being tired, then i ask you to vote
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what's going to happen storm w romney is going to be elected president tomorrow. he asked. my guess is as good as yours. >> welcome back to "the ed show." that was governor chris christie
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predicting who will win the election tomorrow. didn't seem too convincing right there. according to "the huffington post," governor christie turned down a request to appear in a rally in pennsylvania just 20 minutes from trenton, the capital of new jersey. the effect of the superstorm sandy on this campaign is still evident. here's president obama today talking about the recovery effort and what it means to americans. >> we will help them rebuild and carry on with the spirit that says no matter how bad a storm gets, no matter how tough times get, we're in this together. we rise and fall as one nation and one people. >> let's bring in our mega panel tonight. i'm joined by richard wolffe, editor of msnbc.com also howard fineman, editorial director of "huffington post," and eugene robinson, analyst and "washington post" columnist.
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i am a man of truth. i admit that the knowledge weighs heavy on this side of the table tonight. gentlemen, everybody wants to know what's going to happen. but i want to go back to what chris christie is saying. richard, how much is this storm played into the decision-making factor for voters? >> i think it has had a significant impact -- for that sliver that needs to break late in the election. one or two-point race, that can make a difference just as much as the ground game can. is it close enough that any side can be right? yeah. there's been a few polls that all point to run result. still a close election, but if you had to bet your money, it seems at least the electoral college looks like it's pretty clear. >> i think richard is right about the effects of the hurricane. and i think it's especially true because mitt romney had been hoping that his closing
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argument, and he's making it again today, is about how he's the only guy that can bring bipartisanship back to washington. and the president's relationship with governor christie, who after all is the guy that gave the keynote at the republican, it's undercut. there's been a sliver of movement in the president's direction in some places. it's partly due to that. undecided voters and independent voters care a lot about that process argument. that's helped the president make it. >> he's shown leadership and gives him an opportunity to somehow leadership. >> it does. i think it's been a good couple weeks for the president. clearly, if you're a betting person, that's the way you'd bet your money. you wouldn't necessarily sleep all that soundly tonight, but the other side is not going to sleep soundly at all. if you'd ask, which hand would you rather play going into tomorrow. you'd rather have the preside
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president's hand. you have a lot more paths to your electoral votes. if you're mitt romney, you have to fill the inside straight flush. >> and it's basically impossible for mitt romney without ohio and/or pennsylvania, and maybe both. if the president can steal something in one of the other states like virginia, if he can hold virginia, then it's curtains. >> curtains. that's something we haven't heard. curtains. this has been a long process. >> i'll tell you this. if we know fairly early in the evening that the president has held virginia, then i think that would be curtains. >> polls close at 7:00 in virginia. >> there's no accident why mitt romney has been there multiple times, multiple events. the president has been there. it's incredibly intense in that state. as much as ohio really. >> all three of you journalists for decades. wealth of experience, honored in
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your profession. we all know that mitt romney's campaign has not been truthful on a number of different issues. what if he wins? what does it say about our american political system if a man, and i'll use the term lies his way to the oval office? >> the technology has outpaced the technology of interrogation. we're not keeping up in this sort of arm's race of holding office holders and office seekers accountable for what they say. so our old ways of doing that don't seem adequate for the times. and so we invented this fact checker profession, which i used to call journalism. i thought that's what we did. but so now we have fact checkers. we have to go another step for accountability. >> richard, what do you think? >> we have not seen a candidate
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try and reinvent himself at such a late stage. there are a couple reasons for that. one is a sense of shame. people like to hold themselves true to what they have said before. it takes a shamelessness to go out and reinvent yourself in the first debate. generally people try to build up to the back to the center and being moderate. that's where you end up with a candidate who isn't true to himself, never mind true to other facts that might be out there. that's the extraordinary thing. no candidate in recent times has tried to do that. if it works, it means you can reinvent yourself any number of times. it means that consistency, some kind of ideological harmony is out the window. the next candidate running for president will have no budget details, no proposals, you're into a pure marketing campaign. all due respect to my marketing friends, but it's an advertising-driven world. >> we can't rely on the campaign mechanisms themselves.
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a lot of the fact checking is discounted as politics. it has to be journalism. the other thing is if it works for mitt romney, if this rather cynical strategy works for mitt romney, it will also show that the depth of antagonism toward the president and toward his handling of the economy was deeper than the polls measured in the run up to the election. both personal and policy. >> early days of reporting for all of you when you were going to the city commission meetings at midnight. if someone said something on tape that wasn't true, you could just feel the community outrage. but i just don't sense that outrage across america when there's a half truth pulled out. what's happening to the country? >> one of the things that's happening is people have their own spheres of facts and fact checkers and realities. even more dangerous thing noigs what richard was saying about the cynicism of the strategy is the idea that we don't share an
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agreement on facts anymore. you're entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts. now everybody has their own facts. >> great to have you with us tonight. coming up, tomorrow is a huge day for the country and the future of the american middle class. my commentary on how important it is. stay with us.
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welcome back to "the ed show." we love hearing from viewers on twitter and on our facebook page. we asked our followers to share early voting pictures. this is from april hill who voted two weeks ago two booths down from president obama. margaret dole, an obama
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supporter checked in with us after voting early in the state of virginia. and robin kallen says it was a pleasure to vote against the republican senate candidate richard mourdock who said pregnancy from rape is something god intended. keep sharing your photos with us using the #msnbc2012. coming up a look at the importance of this election. my kmcommentary on this country future. we're right back. ling place is? maybe somewhere around my house. mine's just, right over that way. well you can find out exactly where it is using bing elections. it's a good day for politics. which way do you lean politically? conservative. republican. well, using the bing news selector you can find news from whichever way you lean. (together) social on this side, financial. which party is currently predicted to win a majority in the senate? the republicans? would you make a bet on that? no.
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and in the big finish, if you have watched this program, you know this is what we call the vulture chart. it represents the massive income
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inequality in this kocountry th has been growing over the last 30 years and separating. it's called the vulture part because the people on the top are on top of it. they are the vultures. they practice vulture capitalism, which has no regard for american workers or the middle class. this chart is what "the ed show" is all about and it is what "the ed show" is about moving forward. for three years on this program, we have talked about the american middle class and the pressures on the middle class. it's the backbone of the economy. you see the middle class on the blue line. that's their income. this is it. tomorrow is your last chance to make that blue line go up and level the playing field a little bit for all americans in our economy. mitt romney sees that red line that you're looking at at the top, he believes that's not steep enough. he wants it to go off the chart. he wants a national right to
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work law to take away your voice in the workplace. he doesn't believe in equal pay for equal work. he wants to apolish minimum wage. what did those folks do wrong? this is radical. and this is radical to the american middle class in this country. people who are on minimum wage, they are not in the middle class, but they want to get there. mitt romney wants to cut taxes for the wealthiest americans. see the people at the top of that chart, they are the ones that have benefitted and will benefit no matter what happens tomorrow. for 30 years, they have gotten all the breaks, all the tax cuts, trade deals they have wanted, they have kept the middle class from growing. they have kept the working man down. that's what mitt romney wants to continue to do. he's the chief of outsourcing. mitt romney wants to go back to failed policies of the bush administration. this is what got us in this mess
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in the first place. every economic indicator, every single one, and to some conservative friends i have, this is what i say. every economic indicator is up. since the day president obama took office. gdp, the stock market, jobs, consumer confidence, housing starts, corporate profits, they ought to be loving this guy. manufacturing is up, unemployment is down. we're better off today than four years ago. tomorrow we're going to have a chance to make sure that the great american middle class of this country will have a chance to recover and grow. nobody is claiming that we are where we are because of just one person. we are a great country. we're going to recover. but policies make a difference. president obama is not satisfied. he declares that often. liberals, progressives, nobody is satisfied with the pace of the recovery.
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however, mitt romney that ran us right into the ditch in the first place. tax cuts for the wealthiest americans have not created the jobs that we were going to create. they have done no good for this country except for very few because 98% of americans did not benefit from the bush tax cuts. this country needs investment in education, in teachers and schools in science and math and reading, the basics. we have to be brilliant on the basics. we have to build roads, bridges, and we have to believe in people. the cops and firefighters and emts. mitt romney, he thinks that's just all big government. it's not. it's america. we need to reinvest in our country. we have already done all that nation building in baghdad and kandahar. we have enough for the top 1%. it's time to invest in the middle class. this show has been all around the country in recent years. we have spoken to people in madison, wisconsin, columbus,